Winter Jade Werner

Assistant Professor of English


Meneely Hall 320

WF 12:30-1:30 and by appointment

(508) 286-5499


I am a specialist in nineteenth-century British literature and culture. I focus on the novel, missionary history, imperialism, evangelicalism and secularization, as well as postcolonial and cosmopolitan theory.

Awards and Fellowships

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar Participant, “Postsecular Studies and the Rise of the English Novel, 1719-1897,” University of Iowa (2016)
  • Jean H. Hagstrum Prize for Best Dissertation (2015)
  • Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (2013-2014)
  • Josephine de Kármán Fellowship (2013-2014)
  • Digital Humanities Summer Research Fellowship, Northwestern Libraries (2013)
  • Midwest Victorian Studies Association Walter L. Arnstein Dissertation Prize (2012)
  • Victorians Institute Patrick Scott Best Graduate Student Paper (2011)
  • Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities Affiliate (2011)
  • Northwestern University Graduate Research Grant (2011)
  • Outstanding TA Award, Northwestern English Department (2010)


Ph.D., English, Northwestern University (2014)
B.A., English, University of Southern California (2005)

Research Interests

My book project, Missionary Cosmopolitanism in the British Nineteenth Century: Literary Experiments in Global Thought (under contract with the Ohio State University Press), studies the relationship between nineteenth-century British missionaries and shifting notions of cosmopolitanism in the metropole. Drawing on a range of archival resources, including sermons, pamphlets, and periodicals, I examine how nineteenth-century expressions of cosmopolitanism proved inextricable from the global turn of evangelical religion. Authors examined include Robert Southey, Sydney Owenson, Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, and Rudyard Kipling. I am also co-editing with Joshua King (Baylor) an edited collection, Constructing Nineteenth-Century Religion: Literary, Historical, and Religious Studies in Dialogue (also under contract with the Ohio State University Press).

Teaching Interests

My courses explore eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature and culture; imperialism and postcolonialism; the Romantic and Victorian novel; nineteenth-century religion and secularization; digital approaches to literary criticism; and expository writing.


Cranford and the Gothic Everyday.” Dickens Studies Annual (forthcoming, Vol. 49).

“William Ellis, John Williams, and the Role of History in Missionary Nation-Making.” Journal of the Midwest Modern Languages Association. 46.1 (Spring 2013).

“Competing Cosmopolitanisms in Bleak House.” Victorians Institute Journal. 40 (2012).

Book Review
Review of Neil Hultgren, Melodramatic Imperial Writing: From the Sepoy Rebellion to Cecil Rhodes (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2014). Literature and History (Spring 2015)